NACURH Winner
Month: May 2019

NACURH, INC.

Community Service Program of the Month
Clothing Drive for Multicultural Resource Center

School: Missouri State University Region: MACURH
Person in charge: Woods Hall Council Nominator: Kelly Adams

Target Population: Time Needed to Organize: 1 week
Number of People in Attendance: Date(s) of Program: May through closing
Number of People Needed to Organize: Cost of Program:
On-Campus Population: 4200 Chapter Size: 42

Origin of Program:

Woods House Hall Council had a goal to participate in one Community Service opportunity each month. Since May is at the end of the school year, the hall council executive board decided that it was the perfect time for residents to participate in a clothing drive. Since the residents were packing up their rooms and taking their belongings home, the hall council wanted to offer residents an easy way to make an impact by donating their old items. Woods House Hall Council knew that residents were really busy with academics toward the end of the year and would be less likely to participate in an activity that required hours of their time. The simple process of donating old clothes was a quick and impactful activity that residents could participate in.

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Please give a short description of the program:

This program took place for a few weeks and lasted until Woods House closed in May. With this span of time, it would guarantee that it did not matter when residents cleaned and packed their rooms. After all, they had plenty of time to donate. To advertise the event, the hall council created publicity in the shape of hangers with information on what residents could donate, where they could donate, and when they could donate. These hangers were all cut out individually and hung by ribbon on all 168 resident door handles in Woods House. Then, in the main lobby there was a donation box. Above the box, on the wall, was a giant arrow pointing to the donation box. Also, posted on the wall above the box were labels with all the types of donations that Woods House was collecting. In addition to these unique forms of advertisements, Woods Hall Council also created standard 8.5 x 11 inch pieces of paper that described the event and where the donations would go.

A huge part of this donation drive was focused on where the donations would go to be put to good use. On our campus we have a Multicultural Resource Center (MRC). The MRC coordinates the Transitions: MRC Closet Project which provides students with clothing and accessories needed for various life transitions as well as internships and professional interviews.

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Goals of the program:

The goals of the program were focused around residents doing their part to give back to others. Hall Council wanted to encourage residents to think about how they could help others. Did the residents really need to take home all of those clothes when maybe they only wear 50% of them? The goal was for residents to realize that they could make an impact on others by donating some of their clothing that they did not even wear. Perhaps residents did not want to go out of their way to donate old clothing items. With this drive, we helped to ensure that residents did not just throw these old items away. Instead, we made sure that different people were given the chance to wear these clothing items. Finally, one last goal was to support the initiatives of our on-campus Multicultural Resource Center. Since this resource provides clothing to students for several different needs, the hall council wanted to support their mission of supporting residents in whatever ways they can.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

The positive and lasting effects come from the residents who donated as well as those who received the clothing. For those who donated, hopefully they will be reminded of how easy it is to make a difference in someone else’s life. It is our hope that residents will continue to donate their clothes and other items in the future when they no longer are using them for themselves. As for the recipients, these clothing items can mean a lot to the person each time they wear them. Maybe they need the clothes because of life transitions or interviews. Either way, the donations helped to positively impact another person.

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Short evaluation of the program:

I think this program went over extremely well. Residents were happy it was so easy to donate. Some told me that if we had not done this program that they probably would have just thrown a lot of their items in the trash. In addition, students liked knowing that they were making a difference and supporting a resource on campus (the MRC) that supported countless students each day of the year. Finally, this program was extremely successful because it occurred at the perfect time of the year. Residents did not want to take all the clothing they accumulated over the year home, so they were happy that they had an option to make a difference by leaving this clothing behind.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This program could easily be adopted to any other campus. It was extremely convenient that we could donate to somewhere on campus, but if other campuses do not have this option then they could just find somewhere in the community to send their donations. In addition, I think it is important to hold this event at the end of the semester. Students do not have room to take everything home, so it makes them feel better to donate perfectly good items instead of having to just throw them away. Finally, it is important to have the donation box near a front desk where people can keep an eye on it. I overheard some residents talking about how they would like to take some of the donated clothing for themselves, but this was not the purpose of the clothing drive.

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Date of entry into database: 2019-06-04 07:44:46

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